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W.Va. Takes Closer Look At Judicial Elections

Law360 (August 27, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Normally, a person whipping out vacation photos creates little more than a yawn among onlookers. In West Virginia this year, a vacation photo sparked outrage, and cost the chief justice of the state's Supreme Court his job.

In January, photos emerged of Chief Justice Elliot Maynard enjoying a 2006 Monaco vacation with Don Blankenship, the Chief Executive Officer of Massey Energy Co., one of the biggest business players in West Virginia and a company frequently in front of the state's highest court.

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